Igor Sikorsky Kyiv Polytechnic Institute has joined the Academic Integrity and Quality Initiative (Academic IQ) project, which will be implemented by the American Councils for International Education on September 1, 2020 in cooperation with the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine and the National Agency for Quality Assurance in Higher Education with the support of the US Embassy in Ukraine.
The project will last until July 30, 2022 and will contribute to the development of the internal system of ensuring academic integrity and quality of education in Ukrainian free economic zones. The Project team combines international and national experts in the field of academic integrity and quality of education, teachers, researchers and development project managers with experience in advising HEI on improving the quality of education and the development of corporate ethics. The project envisages that during 2020-2022 this team will provide assistance to selected universities, their academic departments (faculties / institutes) in building the infrastructure to ensure the quality of education and academic integrity. As stated on the site https://saiup.org.ua/, the result of the Academic IQ project, cooperation of Ukrainian and international experts will be the development of the educational environment for the responsible implementation of academic integrity and strengthening the capacity of the educational system of Ukraine on the principles of academic integrity and quality.
According to the results of the competitive selection, 60 universities joined the project, including KPI named after Igor Sikorsky. During November 23-27, the Project hosted an educational event "Academic integrity in the system of internal quality assurance of education", which was attended by delegated representatives of our university: Anatoliy Melnychenko, Vice-Rector for Academic Affairs, Oleksiy Zhuchenko, Director of the Department of Educational Quality and Yevhenia Kulyk, Secretary of the Commission on Ethics and Academic Integrity. During the event, participants discussed the fundamental principles of academic integrity, discussed international practices and prospects for ensuring the quality of education, experience and procedures for institutional self-assessment of academic integrity with trainers of the International Centre for Academic Integrity: David Rettinger (Mary Washington University, USA), Tricia Bertram Gallant (University of California, San Diego, USA) and Amanda McKenzie (University of Waterloo, Canada). Forms for self-assessment of the infrastructure of academic integrity and quality of education were presented by Yana Chapailo, coordinator of the Academic Integrity and Quality Initiative project, and best practices for university research were presented by Yegor Stadnyi, consultant of the Academic Integrity and Quality Initiative project. Academic integrity as a criterion for accreditation was discussed with Serhiy Kvit, Head of the National Agency for Quality Assurance in Higher Education.
Now it is important to summarize the experience gained, comprehend and identify existing tasks for the formation of a high level of culture of academic integrity and quality assurance of educational and scientific processes, and most importantly, effectively using the tools to take concrete steps to solve these problems. Among the immediate prospects are self-assessment of the infrastructure for ensuring academic integrity and quality of education at the Igor Sikorsky Kyiv Polytechnic Institute and conducting surveys of students and teachers to collect data on compliance with the principles of academic integrity.